Definition of in tears
: having tears come out of one's eyes We were laughing so hard that we were in tears.
Word by Word Definitions
: to separate parts of or pull apart by force : rend
: to wound by or as if by pulling apart by force : lacerate
: to divide or disrupt by the pull of contrary forces
: to fill with tears (see 3tear) : shed tears
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up in tears? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).